There are some songs that encourage you to slow down, take a deep breath, pull up a plush over-stuffed chair and contemplate life. And then there are songs that just want to make you leap up and down and fist pump, briefly pause to order bottle service, and then repeat. Rarely do these two kinds of music overlap -until now! Thanks to the magic of beat mixing machines, amateur and professional DJs are turning yesterday’s chill-out tracks into today’s party anthems. Read on to hear a few of the most unique and hilarious, featuring Fleetwood Mac, Dave Matthews’ Band, Enya, Michael Buble, and more!
“Kiss Me” by Sixpence None The Richer (1998)
We fell in love with this song in the ’90s teen movie classic, She’s All That. We fell in love with it again while chomping on a glow stick in the middle of a rave.
This famously uncool ’80s ballad actually kind of works as a floor filler.
Roger Waters and David Gilmour penned this mournful tune that touches on the mental decline and subsequent breakdown of their estranged former bandmate, Syd Barrett. PARTY!!
Originally found on the Pure Moods relaxation compilation, this remix sets the mood for pure raging.
“Someone Like You” by Adele (2011)
The song that made the world weep is now the song that makes the world dance. Funny how that works.
“Mrs. Robinson, you’re trying to seduce me….with that funky funky bass.”
Here’s one from Mr. Mojo himself! The Canadian crooner gets some bumping beats for that added swing.
“Babylon” by David Gray (1999)
15 years later, we still have no idea what this song is really about. But with this glorious techno remix, at least we can dance while we ponder.
“The Chain” by Fleetwood Mac (1977)
We guess this cut from The Mac was already pretty intense, but the amped up guitar crescendo lends itself to some pretty sweet slam-dancing.
“Bang Bang” by Nancy Sinatra (1966)
This one takes a minute to build, but Frank’s daughter give Lana Del Rey a run for her money.
You’d think that this song and techno have nothin’ in common. But you would be wrong.
The syrupy single may have tortured Bill Murray in Groundhog Day, but we wouldn’t mind hearing this version over and over and over and over again.
No list is complete without a little DMB.
Taken from the soundtrack to the ’70s-era 54, this folkie Gordon Lightfoot song gets a disco-tinged makeover courtesy of the studio group Stars On 54.
“Closing Time” by Semisonic (1998)
Need a last dance song to end the night on a high note? We got you covered.
“Thank You For Being A Friend” (theme to The Golden Girls) by Andrew Gold (1978)
Seriously, what would Bea Arthur say?